Wednesday, August 7, 2013

“Comparison is the Death of Joy” by Mark Twain

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This post is based on personal experience and observation. The topic is comparison. One of my favorite quotes is by Mark Twain and he said “Comparison is the death of joy”. I believe individuals become fixated on certain aspects in the lives of others (not celebrities, people who are within your life circle family, co-workers, friends ect..) and they make harsh judgments based on their own insecurities and or limitations. I am also a participant in this type of behavior, from time to time, no matter how hard I try not to indulge, it still just happens. In my opinion, this behavior seems to be most prevalent with emotions such as jealousy, envy or distress. Bottom line, people just love to compare themselves to each other.

So I ask the question, why would anyone in my circle or anyone's circle for that matter find the inclination to be bitter, grudging or apprehensive? Why would you compare yourself to anyone else? Think about it! The reason you are engage in this type of behavior is because there is a problem within your own core and it needs work and reflection. Look into that and recognize for yourself when it starts to happen.

Personally, I have no material wealth, my youth is fading, I’m single and I’m not at the top of workforce ladder. I am just an average middle aged woman, struggling with life like everyone else in this world. I am opinionated, analytical, individualistic and creative. I love people, believe in myself and because of that I have found My Joy. So, if anyone is going to have a problem with me, it is because of these facets of my personality, not because of anything that I have acquired, produced or gained.

So check it out folks, now I am going to quote the bible and pray we all work hard at finding the joy in living because we are only given one life and why waste it on all those negative emotions which mean nothing at the end of your day.

Matthew 7:3-5 (2)
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

Just saying…Peace Diana

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References:

2.       Bible Quote: “Matthew 7:3-5”. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+7%3A3-5&version=NIV